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Court may limit use of race in college admission decisions

(Reuters) – Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court set the terms for boosting college admissions of African Americans and other minorities, the court may be about to issue a ruling that could restrict universities’ use of race in deciding who is awarded places.

Iceland seeks to end austerity with new center-right government

(Reuters) – Iceland’s center-right parties began talks on Sunday to form a new government, promising to end years of austerity and provide debt relief to households, and only arguing about which one of them should lead the government.

U.S. lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

(Reuters) – Republican senators on Sunday pressed U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria’s civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.

Father of Boston Marathon bombing suspects postpones trip to US

The father of the two Boston bombing suspects has canceled plans to visit the US, as a senior Republican lawmaker raised the prospect of their mother being questioned should she set foot on American soil.

Libya faces growing Islamist threat

Diplomats are warning of growing Islamist violence against western targets in Libya as blowback from the war in Mali, following last week’s attack on the French embassy in Tripoli.

Al-Jazeera banned by Iraq over ‘sectarian bias’ in coverage

The Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that they had revoked the operating licences of the broadcaster al-Jazeera and nine other satellite TV channels, alleging that they are promoting a sectarian agenda, as the country grapples with a wave of violence.

Man charged over ricin letters sent to Obama and officials

A martial arts instructor who was arrested early on Saturday has been charged with possession of the biological agent ricin and with attempting to use it as a weapon, the Department of Justice has announced.

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